The Colburn Community School of Performing Arts music department has world-class individual and group instruction for a wide variety of ages, levels and musical interests.

Individual instruction from beginning through advanced levels is offered on orchestral instruments, piano, saxophone, guitar, recorder, and voice. Chamber music, large ensembles, and jazz ensembles are also offered.

The school's music theory instruction ranges from the basics of reading pitch and rhythm in treble and bass clef to complex advanced analysis. All music students are urged to take theory, applied instruction, and ensemble classes simultaneously to provide the strongest foundation for all future study.

Audition and Placement
Prospective students who wish to study privately at the Community School of Performing Arts must submit an inquiry form to the Registration Office. Click here to fill out and submit an Online Inquiry Form.

Typically, an interview with the chair or coordinator of the area is required and the interview may include an audition. The purpose of the interview and audition is to place the student with the appropriate private teacher. Wait lists may be maintained for the most popular areas; thus, early inquiry and registration is strongly recommended. Large and small ensembles also require auditions. Please see ensembles for audition details.

Instrument Rental
The Community School of Performing Arts has a limited collection of string, wind, and brass instruments available for rental to our students. Students who wish to rent instruments should inquire at the Community School Registration Office. All students enrolling for piano study must have access to a piano for daily practice. The School does not rent pianos.

Providing feedback regarding a student's ability, achievement, and motivation is a constant aspect of study at the Colburn School. Often this feedback is provided on an individual basis, although some departments give formal exams once or twice each year. These exams help to determine a student's strengths as well as areas that may need improvement, and are an incentive for further practice and achievement. Students who do not progress appropriately may be counseled by the individual faculty member, department chair, or dean of the Community School of Performing Arts. Consistent lack of progress may result in dismissal.

Colburn School of Performing Arts cello student
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Colburn School of Performing Arts student with timpani

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